Soldiers rescue 1000 Boko Haram hostages in Borno

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The army says it has rescued over 1,000 people who were captured by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said earlier this year that the era of Boko Haram violence "is gradually drawing to end".

Army spokesman Texas Chukwu did not specifically disclose when the hostages were rescued but told reporters mainly women, children and young men were freed during various operations in villages in the northern state.

"Those rescued are receiving treatment at a military facility", the statement said.

Bintu Bitrus, the mother of Godiya, one of the missing Chibok schoolgirls, weeps as she raises her hands along with other parents to pray for the release of their daughters kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists, during a worship service to mark the fourth anniversay of the kidnapping at Chibok Town, Borno State, on April 14.

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The group gained global notoriety after its fighters kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in the town of Chibok in April 2014.

More than 20,000 people have been killed in the fighting, which has also forced some two million to flee their homes. Both splinters have utilized suicide bombing as a tactic, as well as raids against villages and military positions in Nigeria and neighboring countries.

Exactly a year ago, the Islamic jihadist group Boko Haram released 82 of the 276 schoolgirls it had taken by force in 2014.

The Nigerian Army, on Monday, May 7, announced through a statement that its troops of 22 Brigade taking part in the operation Lafiya Dole have rescued over 1000 hostages from the Boko Haram terrorists enclave.